Professor Christine Kinealy

 Founding Director of Ireland’s Great Hunger Institute at Quinnipiac University, Christine Kinealy is the author of number of books on the Famine, including the award-winning This Great Calamity. The Great Famine in Ireland, 1845-52 (1995 and 2007) and Charity and the Great Hunger in Ireland. The Kindness of Strangers (2013). She, and her children, Siobhán and Ciarán, now reside in the United States. 

John A. Walsh

John A. Walsh tells stories. Some are told with words; others with pictures. John's stories are told with both.

John’s passion for storytelling comes from being the youngest of five children, a lifetime of daydreams and from reading too many comic books. In order to tell stories, he has swept Church floors, sold woman’s shoes, designed advertisements and even carried his own weight in fresh fruit.

His graphic novel, GO HOME PADDY, about 19th century Irish immigration to America, is being serialized online at

John lives in Boston with his wife and daughter. More of his work can be discovered at

Photo credit: Damian Strohmeyer

Photo credit: Damian Strohmeyer